Getting Started with Mobile Apps

Last modified March 11, 2022

This document contains a detailed description of items needed to be supplied to GTxcel for your app to be built and submitted to Apple and Android. Please note that most of the work to build your app can be done at any time but GTxcel is unable to submit your app to the stores until a document is live within the collection.

Step 1 – Apple, Google Play & Amazon Developer Licenses

You will need to obtain a Developer’s License for Apple and Google Play. If you do not already have these Developer’s licenses please click on the links below for instructions on how to do so.

Obtaining an Apple Developer License

Obtaining a Google Play Developer License

Step 2 – Selecting your Access Model

Click on each access option below for more detailed information on that access option.

Open Access – allows any reader who downloads the app to have full access to all documents.

     Setup Requirements:

  • No additional requirements

Publisher Site Login Access – access granted to all documents for members who log in successfully.

     Setup Requirements:

  • Publisher login url – Must be secure (https) & mobile optimized.
  • Success URL (this page will not actually be displayed to the app reader, but will be used by the app to recognize that the publisher has verified this reader).
  • Test account, including username and password. This is required to provide to Apple as part of the submission process in order for the app to be tested and approved.

In-App Purchase – access to subscriptions or individual documents must be purchased through the app. This access model generally coincides with the Subscriber Managed access model used on desktop and mobile webreader. Users given access via your subscriber list would also be able to access those documents within the app.

     Setup Requirements:

  • Purchase price for digital only subscription (choose yearly, monthly or weekly).
  • Purchase price for single document sales.
  • Publisher subscribe URL.
  • GTxcel’s instant delivery beacon coded into publisher’s mobile optimized subscribe page.
  • Publisher hosted Update My Info URL (optional).

Step 3 – Required App Assets

Below is a list of all requires items you will need to provide GTxcel for your app. For more detailed information about the graphics needed, go to the Required App Graphics page.

     Required Items:

  1. iPhone/Android icon
    (120 x 120 png)
  2. iPad/Android Tablet icon
    (152 x 152 png)
  3. Apple Store icon
    (1024 x 1024 png)
  4. Google and Apple Store icon
    (512 x 512 png)
  5. iPhone/Android launch image
    (640 x 960 png)
  6. iPhone 5 launch image
    (640 x1136 png)
  7. iPad/Android Tablet launch image
    (1536 x 2048 png)
  8. iPhone X Launch Image
    (1125w x 2436 png)
  9. iPhone 11 Launch Image
    (1242 x 2688 png)
  10. Navigation bar logo
    (320 x 48 transparent png)
  11. Display name
    Up to 12 characters
  12. Store Name
    30 characters
  13. Start issue
  14. Description
    Up to 1060 characters
  15. Apple Primary category
  16. Apple Secondary category
  17. Google Play Category
  18. Store Keywords
    Up to 100 characters
  19. Apple iTunes Content Rating
  20. Google Play Content Rating

Step 4: Fill out the App Request Form

Now that you have everything that you need for your app, you will need to send it all to GTxcel. Log into your Publisher Dashboard account, go to the collection you wish to create the app for and click on the Request App button. Once all information is filled out, graphics uploaded and the submit button clicked, GTxcel will be notified and will get started on building your app.
Need Help?
The Digital Help Desk is the process for communicating with GTxcel regarding new title setups, questions, and technical issues for the Web Reader and/or Apps.

You can submit a request to us through the Request Help button located in the Publisher Dashboard or call the support number: 800-609-8994, option 3.
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Monday to Friday
800-609-8994, option 3
Response Times
General Question/Requests – A Customer Success team Member will begin working on your request within one to two hours of receipt. We will complete the request as soon as possible; we aim to have all requests completed within 24 hours.